Merv George Jr., the Forest Supervisor for Six Rivers National Forest in northern California has been selected as the keynote speaker and will give his presentation on Thursday, February 23rd at 8:30 a.m. in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds.

Merv George has worked for the U.S. Forest Service since 2008, and has served as Six Rivers National Forest Forest Supervisor for more than two years. Prior to his position as Forest Supervisor, he was Acting Forest Supervisor in early 2014.merv-george

Prior to joining the Forest Service, George served as the Executive Director of the California Indian Forest and Fire Management Council, and also served as the Administrator for the Klamath River Inter-Tribal Fish & Water Commission.

George was born and raised in Humboldt County, CA, and has been a lifelong resident of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation and the Eureka, CA areas. George served four years on the Hoopa Valley tribal Council, including two years (1998 and 1999) as Tribal Chairman.

He is a graduate of Humboldt State University and holds a degree in Native American Studies. He has spent over 22 years managing natural resources and in public service.